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Michael Scott

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the omphalos – the centre or navel – of the ancient world for more than a thousand years. Individuals, city leaders and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi’s oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions.

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Steve Vaughan

Cardiff Series 3 - Size Matters - Responsible Innovation and New Technologies

Hay Festival 2012, 
We can now blur the borders not only of scientific disciplines but also of what might constitute life. Nanotechnology promises better, more effective medicines, and a revolution in materials. But the risks are only partly known and, with our current scientific expertise, only partly knowable. How should we regulate the introduction of nanomaterials to the market?
 

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Welcome To The Dark Side

Gemma Malley, Caroline Green, Phil Earle

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dystopian futures, weird science, war. It’s all here. Be challenged, engaged and entertained with three uncompromising writers for young adults – Gemma Malley, Caroline Green and Phil Earle.

The three writers talk about why we love the dark side of life – at least in our stories. What would happen if everything was really awful? It seems to be our favourite topic. And some really awful stuff happens in all these books… 

Gemma Malley’s dystopian trilogy began with the much praised The Killables and is followed by The Disappeared. Citizens of The City are graded according to how ‘Pure’ they are. Those labelled ‘K’ are deemed the most deviant and are never seen again… What happens to them, and what is happening beyond the perimeter of The City?

Caroline Green’s futuristic thriller, Cracks, was published to rave reviews. It has a very likeable protagonist whose whole past is beginning to look like fiction. Could he really be the subject of a weird scientific experiment? If he can’t even believe his own memories, what can he trust?

Phil Earle’s background working with troubled teens informed his novels Being Billy and Saving Daisy – stories of young people trying to cope with big problems in their lives which touched a chord with many readers. Heroic is also a tale of troubled lives, but this time it is the lives of young soldiers fighting in Afghanistan that take centre stage, and the difficulties a family has to cope with when a much loved brother comes home a very different person to the one who left.

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The Writer and the Reader: Who are contemporary African authors writing for?

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winner, Africa Jekwu Anyaegbuna, (Nigeria) 2011 Caine Prize Winner, NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) Caine Prize-nominated Lauri Kubustile (Botswana) and writer Claudette Oduor (Kenya) talk to Kwani Managing Editor and 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize judge, Billy Kahora (Kenya).

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Lewis Pugh

21 Yaks and a Speedo

Hay Festival 2014, 
What does it feel like to stand on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo swimming costume? What kind of man dives into that freezing ocean and swims a full kilometre? And why? The intrepid environmentalist, endurance swimmer and inspirational UN Patron of the Oceans has swum as far north and as far south as a body can get, as well as on the earth's highest mountain. He's learned a few things about the extremes of human nature, and our fragile blue planet, along the way. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
Lewis Pugh

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Hannah Critchlow

Cambridge Series 4: Explore Your Mind

Hay Festival 2016, 

Are you willing to venture into the depths of your brain? Dr Critchlow will shock your senses, read your mind and explore how current neuroscience is shaping how we see our lives. Suitable for intrepid adventurers of all ages.

Hannah Critchlow

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Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Briefs Encountered

Hay Festival 2012, 
More than one thing is about to go bump in the night at Noel Coward’s Kent retreat, Goldenhurst. The higher the society the looser the morals. A dark, and wickedly funny ghost story.

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Matthew Bishop & Michael Green

The Road From Ruin

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Economist writers propose their overhaul of financial regulation, government spending and business values in their manifesto for A New Capitalism for a Big Society.

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Howard Jacobson

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist discusses his Booker-winner masterpiece The Finkler Question with festival Director Peter Florence.
Howard Jacobson

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Harriet Lamb talks to Rosie Boycott

Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The stirring story of a burgeoning global family, tenaciously pushing big business to trade more fairly with some of the world’s poorest farmers.

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Ruth Brooks

A Slow Passion

Hay Festival 2013, 

When BBC Radio 4’s Material World announced a search for the UK’s top amateur scientist, the winning experiment involved one of our humblest garden pests. Ruth Brooks asked the question: Do snails have a homing instinct? The Telegraph’s Louise Gray chairs.

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Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Hay Festival 2014, 

What do you do when a girlfriend’s 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s 30th? Does the Dalai Lama actually Tweet or is it his assistant? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day? Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, Tweeting, texting and rediscovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and out-datedly call ‘middle age’.

Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

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Paul Cartledge, Bettany Hughes, Angela Hobbs and Tom Holland

The Greeks 2 - The Greek Idea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists explore the idea of Greece - the aspirations and the concepts of civilisation, democracy, drama, virtue, victory, liberty and xenia, and discuss what the study of Classics has meant in the wider world.

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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Charles Dickens 200

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author presents an intimate portrait of her great-great-great-grandfather. Illustrated with personal memorabilia.

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Robert Macfarlane

Cambridge Series 3 - The Old Ways

Hay Festival 2012, 
Macfarlane sets off to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drovers’ roads and seas paths that form part of a vast network of routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to continents beyond.
 

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Julie Grigg, Paul Metcalfe, Rachel Giaccone and Steve Williams

Hay & Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2009, 
Our local medics and teachers forging groundbreaking partnerships in maternal health and education with our twinned community in Mali report on their work. They are joined by Gwernyfed students recently returned from their first visit.

* Every pound will buy a mosquito net for a child in Mali

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Martin Rees

Cambridge 800 Series: Cosmos – The Search for Extra Terrestrial Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Astronomer Royal celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope and the Darwin bicentenary by boldly going in search of life elsewhere.

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Steve Silberman

The Baillie Gifford Lecture: NeuroTribes

Hay Festival 2016, 

What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more,; and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. The winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize talks about his research and investigations. Chaired by Stuart Proffitt.

Steve Silberman

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Talal Husseini and Nahla Chahal in conversation with Dalal Al Bizri

PEN Centre Lebanon: Writing In A Sectarian Society

Beirut 2013, 

What is the role of the writer in a deeply divided sectarian society? How does the writer ‘speak truth to power’ in such a society? And how does he or she contribute to the transformation of consciousness? How can writers exit their individualities and enter into a larger national space?

Event in Arabic

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Màrius Serra in conversation with Hugo Chaparro

Literature as a game or the game of literature

Cartagena 2010, 
A blank page is also a space for playing. Combinations of words and ideas play there. Characters and stories play there. More than a place for order and solemnity, it is a space for subversion and fun. Nothing is more serious than the literary game. Màrius Serra, writer and journalist fascinated by games of words and founder of the project Verbalia, talks to the writer, journalist and film critic Hugo Chaparro.

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Daniel Dennett

Intuition Pumps: And Other Tools For Thinking

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers offers thinking tools built for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will. Chaired by AC Grayling.

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Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

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Philip Wilcocks, Tom MacSweeney, John Gould, Julian Lewis, Christopher Lee and Bil Loth

Island Race

Hay Festival 2011, 
Maritime experts and Navy top brass discuss the most urgent issues around the threat to the marine environment of deepwater drilling, the fisheries crisis, climate change, trade safety and piracy.

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Martin Jacques

LSE Lecture: When China Rules The World

Hay Festival 2009, 
We have barely begun to understand what life will be like when China rules the world. Martin Jacques explores how we are moving into an era of contested modernity, and how China's re-emergence as a global power will confront the West with the idea that its systems, institutions and values are no longer the only ones on offer. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.
 

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John Challis talks to Peter Burden

Being Boycie

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor’s life, as lived to the full by the inimitable Only Fools and Horses star.